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WIN-SPR 2014

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W I N T E R / S P R I N G U O F L M A G A Z I N E | 3 3 I t was a bright lights-big city, or blue skies and green acres conundrum. R. Brent Wright, 98MD, had his pick of metropolitan locations to establish his medical career. The School of Medicine graduate was his high school's valedictorian and a top med school student at UofL. But, instead of heading toward large hospital environments or bustling cities, he chose Glasgow, Ky. Wright, the current Glasgow Family Medicine Residency Director and UofL associate dean for Rural Health Innovation, came to Glasgow as part of the first class of residents there in 1998. He was recruited to stay on as an educator and fell in love with the area. It was all thanks to a medical rotation he did at UofL as part of the AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) program. AHEC is a national program initially funded in 1973 that provides medical students with physician mentors and gives them the opportunity to reach patients in underserved areas. "My AHEC rotation was in Munfordville, Ky., with the quintessential, colorful, old country doctor," said Wright. "Every day with that practice was just fun. I saw myself being in a similar community. I knew I'd return to a smaller city to practice medicine." HOMEGROWN HEALTH CARE Th Th Th Th Th Th T h T h T ir ir ir ir ir d- d- d- d- d- ye ye ye ye ye ar ar ar ar r ar r ar r ar r es es es es es id id id id d en en en en en e t, t, t, t, t, a nd nd nd nd f or or or or me me me me m r r r AH AH AH AH A EC EC C E st st st st st s ud ud ud ud d u d en en en en t, t, t, t, K ri ri ri ri r i r st st st t in in in in n C ar ar ar ar r a r do do do do o d na na na na , , , 10 10 0 10 0 MD MD MD MD MD MD MD MD MD MD MD M , , , ex ex ex ex am am am am a in in in in n es es es es es p at at a ie ie e nt nt nt t R ay ay ay ay P en en en n ni ni ni n ng ng ng ng g ng to to to to n n at at at t t he he he he e he e he he e he he e he e G la la la la la sg sg sg sg sg ow ow ow w ow w ow w ow ( Ky Ky y Ky Ky K .) .) .) .) .) U of of f of f o L L L Fa Fa a Fa mi mi mi i m ly ly ly ly Me Me Me e di di di di di di ci ci ci i c ne ne ne ne R es es es es s id id id id id i en en en en n e cy cy cy cy y p ro ro ro ro r o gr gr g r g am am am a . AH AH AH AH H EC EC EC EC C EC E pr pr pr og og og og o ra ra ra ra ms ms ms p ro ro ro o vi vi de de de de e c ri ri ti ti ti t ca ca ca l l ed ed ed e uc uc uc u c at at at io io io n n n an an an an n a d cl cl cl in n in n ic ic ic c al al a t ra ra ra r a in in in in in n in g g g st st st t st at at at ew ew w ew ew id id d id d e. e. e. e. e STATE-FUNDED AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTERS PROVIDE CRUCIAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE TO KENTUCKY Y "It's a great deal of pride for me, because you become so close to the residents and see how much they contribute to these patients." —Brent Wright, 98MD U L _ 3 3 3 3 UL_33 33 1 / 2 9 / 1 4 2 : 5 5 P M 1/29/14 2:55 PM

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